Baseball America: Yankees Have The Second Best Farm System In MLB

On Friday, John Manuel of Baseball America released his annual rankings of each Major League organization’s minor league system. The Yankees were ranked second in all of baseball, just behind the Atlanta Braves for the top spot.

It is stated in the article that “the Baseball America (BA) annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth of each farm system’s prospects, where all players who haven’t exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues are eligible. The rankings are a product of BA editors and the capsules have been written by John Manuel”.

Manuel goes on to note that New York has acquired its robust amount of talent in a variety of ways.

Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer has drafted and signed two marquee players in the first round in 2015 and 2016 with James Kaprielian and Blake Rutherford.

Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and Dillon Tate were some of the high end talent that Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman acquired in July at the MLB trading deadline.

Jorge Mateo, Estevan Florial, Dermis Garcia, Wilkerman Garcia, and Domingo Acevedo were all signed as international free agents.

Esteval Florial is named as the “High-Ceiling Sleeper” for the Baby Bombers. Manuel cites that Florial’s power, arm and speed tools all grade out to a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. You can view Pinstriped Prospects profile on Florial here.

The newly acquired Dillon Tate is mentioned as the organizations “Breakout Candidate” for 2017. Tate was acquired back in July from the Texas Rangers in the trade the sent Carlos Beltran to the lone star state.

This marks the highest ranking the Yankees organization has garnered in recent memory by Baseball America. New York was previously ranked 17 and 18, in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

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